#LinkUp2Win 2017 Linky Party

October is here and for us that signals the beginning of the festive season. It starts with Thanksgiving which is a time to come together and count our many blessings. At the end of the month we have the excitement of Halloween. November is the month that we begin our holiday preparations. Then comes December and we all know what that means. Christmas!

Now is the time to come together and be thankful before the holiday rush sets in. Mommy and I wanted to do something special for you because we are thankful for all of our blog friends. We thought long and hard about the things you might enjoy this time of year. So we invented #LinkUp2Win.

#LinkUp2Win

What is #LinkUp2Win? Excellent questions. It’s a brand new linky party! It’s much like your standard linky party except that we will be giving away a prize to the blog with our favourite post. Mommy and I hope that #LinkUp2Win will become an annual tradition and this is the first year that we will be hosting this event.

I’m sure you’re all wondering what the prize will be for this year’s #LinkUp2Win. Mommy and I put our thinking caps on for this one too. The holiday season is fun, exciting, and expensive. What could possibly help our visitors have a happy holiday season? We think a $15 gift card at Amazon might be useful. Buy yourself a little something nice on us!

$15 dollar Amazon gift card prize banner

What else do you need to know about #LinkUp2Win? The linky will be open for the entire month of October. We will read and comment on every post that is added. When the linky is over we will select our favourite post. The winner will be announced the first week of November.

Anything else you need to know? Well, we do have a few rules. Rules are no fun but we need them to keep things fair.

Make sure you follow these rules to be eligible to win.

  • We made a special banner for our linky party. Please put the banner at the bottom of the post you are submitting, or in your sidebar if you prefer. All you need to do is copy and paste the code.

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  • You can add up to 2 posts. They can be old or new. All topics are welcome but please keep it PG.

  • For every post you add please read and comment on the post before yours and one more post of your choice. Don’t forget to include #LinkUp2Win in your comment so that we know where you came from.

  • This post is the host post. Please do leave a quick comment to show us that you have read all about our brand new linky. Don’t worry, the host post is not eligible to win the prize.

  • Make sure that you enter your correct email address. If we can’t find a way to contact you we can’t tell you that you won.

  • For an RT please tweet your post to @peachy_diary with the hashtag #LinkUp2Win.

Share your posts, find new blogs, receive more comments, and get a chance to win a prize! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Mommy and I can’t wait to start reading your awesome posts so get linking today!

We would love it if you took part in our #LinkUp2Win linky party and help us make it a success. We are hoping to start a tradition of annual prize giving but we need a good amount of participation to keep things going. Help us spread the word and add your posts so that we can have an even better #LinkUp2Win event next year.

Thank you all for being here, being amazing, and being you.

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Guest Post: Toddler Friendly Cleaning

Our home may not be tidy but it is clean. While mommy has given up on keeping all of my stuff under control, the war on germs continues. It looks like chaos but it’s a safe place to play.

I’m a toddler and it’s my job to explore. I wouldn’t be doing a thorough job if I didn’t chew on the couch cushions and give the floor an occasional lick. That’s just what toddlers do. Mommy’s job isn’t to stop me, but rather to make sure I can explore safely.

Peachy needs a clean house to explore.

I think I’ll explore under the fridge today

Keeping things germ free is important but it is also important that germs aren’t being replaced with harmful chemicals. Many commercial products leave residue behind that isn’t safe for a thorough explorer like me. Luckily, there are alternatives.

Mommy and I recently received an email from Nicole from Dream W2 EOT Cleaners. Nicole is an avid supporter of going green and she was interested in submitting an article with tips for a safer way to clean. While these ideas are geared towards safe cleaning around toddlers, they can really benefit anyone who wants to limit their exposure to harsh chemicals and toxic fumes.


Toddler Friendly Cleaning. What To Avoid.

Kids will be kids. They are used to getting into mischiefs and surely they enjoy making a mess in our homes. However, involving your children in helping you with the chores is not that easy. Anyway, I am not here to share my opinion and tips on how to encourage them to get a chore done the way you would want them to. I am here to make the cleaning safer for them. Hopefully, you will benefit from my solutions.

There are many store-bought cleaning detergents and agents which contain harsh chemicals and toxins. They appear to be powerful against all forms of grime and stains but are they really safe for you, your children and pets? I was really suspicious about their safety. That is why last year I decided to go for the green cleaning. I browsed a couple of web sites and a few home made cleaners really attracted my attention. Since then these cleaners are the only cleaners I use. At least I am sure that my little ones are safe.

These alternative cleaning products, about which I will tell you, are green, inexpensive and easy to make. Do you know what is the best part? I bet that you already have most of the necessary ingredients in your kitchen! So lets begin.

White vinegar and baking soda

vinegar and baking soda

If you are a diligent and caring housewife, then you are definitely familiar with this mixture. Perhaps because it is highly efficient…and natural. No matter whether you are cleaning a dirty and sticky counter top, disinfecting the toilet or sink, or re-freshening the fridge or trash bin, this powerful mixture will come to the rescue. You can use white vinegar and baking soda separately or in combination. Either way you choose, there are never ending benefits and uses.

This home made product is outstandingly toddler-friendly as both products are used daily in our kitchens. So if your children accidentally swallow this mixture, your biggest problem will be listening to their complaints and whining. I am sure you can live with it. You can ask your kids to prepare the solution by themselves by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and baking soda, and then put it on your crusty bakeware or cookware. Your toddlers will be impressed at the bubbling reaction without having a clue that they are actually helping you. If this is not a win-win situation I do not know what else could be!

Essential oils

Lemon essential oil

I have been using essential oils for over a year already because they contain natural and safe ingredients. Plus, they leave an incredible aroma in my home. There is a wide range of essential oils you can choose from- tea tree oil, citrus oil, eucalyptus oil, etc. As well as refreshing your home, they can also be used for disinfection of counter tops, furniture and even repelling insects. The most important thing is that they are absolutely toddler-friendly!

My favourite one is the citrus oil. Nothing smells fresher! It is not a coincidence that a lot of store-bought products are masking the harsh chemical smell with citrus. No matter whether it be a lemon, lime, or orange, all of them are antibacterial! Arm yourself with a spray bottle and fill it with one part water and one part white vinegar. Then add a few drops of essential oil and… perform your magic. You can use it for disinfecting counter tops, furniture…and even plastic high chairs or toys.

If you want to protect your children from harsh chemicals, then my advice is to avoid using store-bought cleaners which are not only expensive, but dangerous as well. Go green, go toddler-friendly!


This is a guest posts from Nicole Gardiner. She is a manager of a small cleaning company called  Dream W2 EOT Cleaners. Nicole is a mother and truly believes that going green is the right way.

Do you want to submit your own guest post to Diary of a Little Peach? We would love to hear from you!

Back to the Grind

Over the past few weeks I have been neglecting my blog. Regular readers might have found this unusual as I am rarely absent and I generally have new posts several times per week. For the first time ever, I have taken a bit of a break from blogging.

Daddy had some vacation time accumulated which allowed him to take a full two weeks off work. Vacations are like weekends except longer. I like weekends because that’s when mommy, daddy, and I spend entire days together. Vacations are even better because we get to be a family all the time and we’re not too exhausted from working to get out and enjoy our time together.

Last year daddy took some vacation time in the summer too and I still managed to keep up with my blogging schedule. Since we didn’t plan on leaving town this year either, it was my full intention to continue blogging right through. What I didn’t consider is that I’m bigger this year and able to do a lot more fun activities.

We had our days packed full of family fun and whatever time was left over I needed to recuperate from all that activity. There were several days when I was too busy to even have my mid-day nap. It was exhausting but exhilarating and I loved every fun-filled moment.

Even though we didn’t stray too far from home and we were in our own beds every night, we did have some incredible adventures and made a few discoveries. It’s amazing how many great places exist within reasonable distance of our home town that we never made the effort to visit. Some we never even knew existed but a quick search on Google maps can reveal all sorts of local spots just waiting to be explored.

Happy Peachy back from vacation

Vacations are so much fun!

I can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things I did and the incredible places I’ve been. Our camera is full of pictures that are slowly being transferred to the computer. I’m so excited to show you my photos and tell you all about the adventures I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

I don’t want to give too much away but I met some furry friends, saw a lot of pretty flowers, discovered new places to play, and so much more. There were several firsts for me as well. I had my first nautical adventure, amusement park ride experience, and my first taste of soft-serve ice cream right off the cone. I also found the biggest sandbox right next to the largest water park ever! Mommy said it wasn’t a sandbox or water park, but that’s a post for another day.

My blogging schedule is quickly filling up with all the ideas I have for new blog posts. I have at least half a dozen posts in the works and several more bubbling away in my mind. I’m also working on some brand new giveaways that I’m very excited about. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks over here.

This week we’re all back to work and it’s been a busy week indeed. Turns out that a lot can happen in a couple of weeks when you’re not there to keep things under control. It seems that the work keeps coming even when you’re away. Somehow the rest of the world didn’t seem aware that it was vacation time.

I may have my hands full with all the work I have to catch up on and all the new posts I’m excited to complete, but I do feel ready to take it all on. This vacation was just what I needed. I feel relaxed, inspired, and ready to come back better than ever. If you haven’t taken a holiday for a while, I thoroughly recommend it. Get ready world, Peachy the blogging baby big girl is back!

Liebster Award

My blog has been nominated for another award! These types of awards have some critics. There are people who compare them to chain letters, but I think they’re a fun way to find new blogs while promoting your own. Others think it’s silly for bloggers to give awards to other bloggers, but I think our peers are in the best position to know what blogging is all about. I love it when my blog gets nominated for an award. It’s so exciting and it feels good to be noticed.

Peachy accepting her Liebster Award Nomination

Yup. I’m pretty amazing.

This time the award Diary of a Little Peach has been nominated for is the Liebster Award. We were nominated by the amazing Becky from Bexer’s Blog. Becky is a speech language pathologist recently turned stay at home mom. She has two girls and blogs about motherhood, her kiddos, and life. Check out her post for the Liebster Award here.


Becky has asked me 11 questions as part of the Liebster Award nomination.

1. What is the one most important thing that readers should know about you and/or your blog?

The most important thing people need to know about my blog is that it is written by me, Peachy. The most important thing about me is that I am the blogging baby/toddler. It’s my blog and everything here is written from my perspective.

2. What is your favorite season?

Definitely summer. I love to go outside and play. When it’s really warm mommy takes me to the water park and that’s my favourite place to go.

3. Which superpower would you choose to have?

I would like to have super strength so that I can overpower mommy and daddy when they try to stop me from doing what I want to do and going where I want to go. I try that now but they’re still stronger than I am.

4. What is your favorite dessert?

Fresh baked cookies. I love it when they’re soft and full of chocolate chips. Mmm. So yummy.

5. Have you ever been read by a medium?

No. Never.

6. What is your favorite thing to blog about?

I like to blog about myself. My favourite posts are the ones about fun activities I did or interesting places I went. I’m a fun loving girl.

7. If you could have a re-do of your childhood would you?

I’m still a toddler. I think I need to get through my first try at childhood before I can have a re-do.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you choose?

My primary residence would be at the water park but I would spend my winters living at the toy store.

9. Does your family have a “secret recipe”? For what?

We have many recipes but none of them are secret. The moment we perfect one I share it on my blog.

10. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Did I tell you about the water park already?

11. What is your favorite drink?

That’s an easy one. I love milk!


Now it’s time for me to share the love. One of the rules of the Liebster Award is that you should write a little about your favourite blog. There are so many incredible blogs out there that I really can’t choose just one. Instead I’m going to tell you about three out of the many that I read on a regular basis.

Lucy at Home is a fabulous blog written by the amazing Lucy. She is a stay at home mom and blogs about her life as mommy of 2 girls. My favourite thing about this blog is that Lucy is incredibly creative and inventive. Her ideas are truly her own.

Life At 139A is one of the first blogs I ever started following regularly. The woman behind the blog is Stephanie and she writes about her life, travels, and garden. I love how positive Stephanie is and the way she looks for beauty in everyday things.

A Moment with Franca is a lifestyle and parenting blog managed by the super organized Franca. She runs a tight ship. Her blog is always polished to perfection and her posts are timely. On top of it all she runs #KCACOLS which is my favourite linky.


Liebster Award Badge 2017

I have more love to share. It’s time for me to ask 11 questions of my own and nominate some blogs for the Liebster Award.

My questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favourite topic to blog about?
  3. What are your blogging goals for the next year?
  4. Which blogger do you most admire?
  5. Do your family and friends know that you blog?
  6. What country are you from and have you always lived there?
  7. What was your favourite moment of the last 7 days?
  8. What is your favourite place to visit in the summer?
  9. What is your favourite place to visit in the winter?
  10. If you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you be?
  11. If you could time travel where would you go first?

My nominees:

Wine and Mommyhood

Chronicles of a Dope Mom

The RedHead’s Nest

Mom on the Move

Peace Love Positivity


If you choose to accept my nomination and participate, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
  2. Display the award on your blog — click here for the 2017 Liebster Award badges that you can chose from.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Instead of 10 random facts we’re asking 11 questions)
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award. (Ideally they should have less than 200 followers but lets not get too hung up on details)
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Kitchen Helper

One of my favourite things to do is helping mommy in the kitchen. Mommy tells me that I’m a very good helper and that makes me feel very useful. It’s a great feeling and it motivates me to help out some more. I know mommy appreciates my help and company.

I like to help with the dishwasher. I’m good at taking dishes and cutlery out of the machine and stacking them on the floor. I’m great at splashing around in the residual water that ends up on the open door of the dishwasher. Sometimes I even help load the machine by tossing some of my toys in there.

Once we have the dishwasher loaded and the kitchen tidy, mommy and I get cooking. The first step is to rummage around in the refrigerator. That’s where the food comes from and we can’t cook without food. The moment mommy opens the refrigerator door I run over and get to work.

Mommy goes for the chicken and I grab a box of some sort. I shake the box for a moment but it’s not as satisfying as I hoped so I toss the box on the floor. Mommy searches in the pantry while I continue working in the refrigerator. We work side by side to get the job done.

I spot a cucumber. I love cucumbers! I grab it and take a bite. The cucumber is surprisingly tough and covered in some sort of plastic film. Not as tasty as I remember cucumbers to be. Very disappointing. I guess it’s just not cooked yet so I toss it aside and move on to something else.

I see cheese and I suddenly get a craving for the stuff. I try to grab it but it’s in some sort of plastic compartment that I can’t get open. I give up on the cheese and go for the egg carton instead. I pull with all my might and wrestle the egg carton from its place. That’s when mommy intervenes by grabbing the carton and she puts it back in place.

Peachy is the kitchen helper

How do you get the cheese out?

Mommy gives me a look and asks me to close the fridge. I hesitate and consider my options. If I close the fridge I won’t have access to all the goodies inside. If I don’t close the fridge mommy will do it and I still won’t be able to get at the stuff inside, on top of not having the satisfaction of closing the fridge. I back up, get a good hold of the door, and slam it shut. That felt good!

Next mommy searches around in the drawers and cupboards. She pulls out a cutting board, roasting pan, small pot, knife, brush, and wooden spoon. I get the small pot and wooden spoon while mommy occupies herself with the rest of the items.

While mommy washes and chops, I bang the pot with the wooden spoon. I get pretty good sound out of that thing. I begin to wonder what other sounds I can make. I use the spoon on the tile floor, then the oven door, followed by mommy’s leg. The oven door made the best sound so I go back to banging on that for a while.

I enjoy the sounds I’m making but it feels like something is missing, so I begin to sing. I don’t let my lack of words stop me from singing. I don’t see why I should. Singing is making music with your mouth and you don’t need words for that. After a moment mommy joins in with some mouth music of her own and we sing together while I keep the beat with the wooden spoon.

Once I get bored with singing, I toss the wooden spoon and come over to see what mommy is doing. There’s a lot of chopping going on and I demand a taste. Mommy tells me that she is chopping potatoes and that raw potatoes are not tasty. She reaches into the cupboard, pulls out a baby biscuit, and offers me that instead. I take the biscuit and sit on the floor to enjoy it while I watch mommy continue with her chopping.

By the time my biscuit is gone, mommy is done chopping. She arranges the potatoes around the chicken in the roasting pan while I watch. Then she asks me to stand clear while mommy opens the oven and puts the roasting pan in. As soon as the door is closed I rush over to peek through the window.

It’s dark in there and I can’t see a thing. I complain to mommy and she turns on the light. I look through the window again and sure enough, the roasting pan is indeed in there. I watch it while mommy washes her hands. It’s not doing anything and I quickly lose focus.

Mommy picks up the cucumber I had tasted and gives it a rinse. Mommy pulls out a clean cutting board and a peeler. I know the cucumber is about to be made tasty so I hurry over and demand a piece. Mommy makes me wait while she peels the cucumber and chops off a manageable piece which she cuts into quarters. She hands it to me and I give it a taste. That’s good cucumber!

I ask for another piece and munch away on that while mommy keeps slicing. Then I ask for several more pieces and I keep crunching while mommy chops up other vegetables. By the time mommy is done, I have eaten a quarter of the cucumber. It was a big cucumber.

Mommy puts the vegetables aside for later and she tells me that it’s time for a break. I’m pretty full and a bit tired so I follow mommy into the living room and climb onto the couch next to mommy. We watch TV for a bit until daddy comes home. Then it’s dinner time and we eat the meal that mommy and I prepared. It’s a satisfying feeling to watch people enjoy the meal you made.

The Perpetual Motion Machine

I am a bundle of energy with vigour to spare. Utilized correctly my energy could power a city block. Instead I use my energy to thoroughly exhaust mommy and leave chaos in my wake. I emit havoc and mayhem, leaving a residue of pandemonium wherever I go.

Right after breakfast I burn off a bit of energy by racing circles around mommy while she tries to tidy up a little. I try to be useful by helping mommy put my dishes in the dishwasher but mommy always insists that she do it herself. I can be insistent too and I prove it by attempting to climb into the dishwasher in pursuit of the whisk. Mommy pulls me out and closes the dishwasher.

While mommy wipes the table I crawl underneath in search of wayward Cheerios. I thought I was full but somehow there is always room for floor food. I manage to eat a few Cheerios before mommy becomes aware of the crunching sounds coming from underneath the table. A quick sweep with the broom puts an end to my fun.

I attempt to do a thorough investigation of the broom’s findings as mommy gives the kitchen floor a quick sweep. Every time I try to grab at the growing pile of treasure mommy moves it out of my reach with the broom. It’s a fun game! Mommy doesn’t agree. The game is over when mommy puts the broom away.

I spot something out of the corner of my eye. It’s one of our cats coming around the corner. I take off in pursuit screaming as I go and the cat makes a run for it. “Get back here and let me love you!” I yell on my own way. The cat doesn’t listen and I lose track of him behind the couch.

I hear commotion on the other side of the couch and I run over to investigate. It’s mommy setting up my foam floor! I rush over to lend a helping hand and together we get the job done in no time. Mommy stretches out on the floor and I watch with curiosity. This is no time for a nap. There are adventures to be had!

Peachy waiting for mommy to get up

If you don’t get up I’m coming down there.

I pounce on mommy and attempt to use her tummy as a trampoline. She makes a funny noise and wraps me into a bear hug. As I wiggle out of her arms she rolls over and I climb onto her back to ride the mommy horse. I love this game! Mommy doesn’t agree about this one either.

As I bounce around on mommy’s spine I take her yelps and grunts as a sign that she’s secretly having fun and I bounce higher. I throw myself head first off mommy’s back while she tries to catch me and ease me down gently. Mommy’s frantic attempts to save me are hilarious and I get a serious case of the giggles.

Mommy sits up and tickles my tummy, then she covers my face in kisses. I try to swat mommy away but the giggles make it hard to concentrate. I swat, shriek, kick, and giggle until mommy sits back up. I jump to my feet and grab mommy’s ponytail. I yank it this way and that way while watching mommy’s head move around in response. Another great game that mommy doesn’t seem to have any love for.

Mommy tries to distract me with a stuffed animal. I try to ignore it but mommy sings a silly song and makes the toy dance to the beat. I can’t help but join in with a little dance of my own. The song comes to an end and I stomp my feet as fast as I can. Then I race off towards the kitchen.

With no particular destination in mind, I run circles around the kitchen island. On my fourth lap I spot something under the refrigerator. I come to a stop and do a bit of a belly flop onto the floor. I impersonate a pancake and flatten myself as much as I can while I peer into the darkness under the fridge. There’s something under there!

Carefully I reach under the refrigerator and pull out something that resembles a wrinkly grape. I love grapes! Mommy arrives in the kitchen just as I’m about to plop the grape into my mouth. With a shriek mommy lunges for my hand sending the grape flying across the room. We both take off in pursuit of the grape but mommy gets there before I do.

Mommy opens the fridge, pulls out my lunch, and packs it in my diaper bag. I know that means we’re going to the park. There’s lots of space to run around there and plenty of things for me to explore. I love it when mommy takes me to the park. I get to run and play until I’m tired and then I have my lunch while I watch the big kids play.

I jump up in excitement and race to the front door. I look back to make sure mommy is on her way and she is! I’m giddy with anticipation and very impatient but I suppress my need to squirm while mommy puts my shoes on. After what feels like at least an eternity, mommy has her shoes on and we’re on our way. I love the park and that’s something mommy and I can agree on.

Generation Alpha or Generation Glass?

As a daughter of parents belonging to Generation Y, I am a part of Generation Alpha. My generation consists of babies born between 2011 and 2025. Many of us haven’t been born yet but we are estimated to reach almost 2 billion by the time we’re all here. Make way for Generation Alpha!

The parents of my generation tend to be older by the time their first baby is born, and our families will generally be smaller than the majority of families from the past. Many of our parents will live longer lives than their parents, and will enjoy a slightly higher standard of living. Our parents are more open to switch careers and look for alternative work arrangements. The best feature of Generation Y is that they are much more likely to lavish upon their children both love and material possessions.

Generation Alpha will continue in the footsteps of our parents by becoming the most educated generation to date. In order to be successful, we will need to be adaptable and creative in response to a changing and highly competitive marketplace. With high levels of education and an ingenuity when it comes to career choices, my generation is likely to be wealthier than its predecessors. We will certainly have our share of challenges but plenty of opportunities too.

Unsurprisingly, my generation is, and will be much more technologically supplied. While our parents may remember a world where having an internet capable computer in their home was a luxury, or at least slow dial-up modems that made surfing the net a headache, the world of my generation has free WiFi at every corner. We are being raised in a world of cell phones, tablets, and internet access for all.

However controversial, Generation Alpha is getting a lot more screen time. There are shows and apps made for even the youngest members of Generation Alpha. Some offer exhilarating entertainment and others are brilliantly educational. Some of us are practically being raised by technology and even parents who limit screen time will still allow us more than they had when they were our age. Because of this some people are labelling us Generation Glass.

I have never hidden the fact that I love my screen time and that mommy allows me to play games and watch shows. Some may criticize our family but we have to find the right mix of activities that works for us. Each of our days consist of outdoor activities (weather permitting), indoor play, reading, social time, learning, and screen time. In our family we aim for a healthy mix of activities for well-rounded fun and education.

Peachy with mommy's cell phone

Practicing my screen time

During the week TV is reserved for evenings when we relax after supper. I usually play with my toys while the TV plays in the background but I might watch it if something good comes on. On weekends I love to watch TV first thing in the morning on those lazy days, but if we have a family activity planned we might not watch any TV at all. Weekends are spontaneous and less structured days. They’re full of surprises.

Most days I watch one of my shows on the tablet while I’m eating breakfast. Mommy likes to use that time to empty and reload the dishwasher, and get us ready for the outdoor activity we have planned for that day. The tablet does a good job of keeping me entertained while I eat my fruit. It also comes in very handy if I get impatient on long car rides.

The tablet is where I keep my apps. Mommy likes to get me apps that have some educational component, but a few are just for fun. Some apps I play by myself when I don’t feel like playing with my toys during indoor play time. Other apps mommy and I play together as part of my learning time. These usually consist of pictures which depict common objects and mommy and I talk about the things we see on the screen.

No post about screen time can be complete without a mention of mommy’s cell phone. I never watch shows on it and there are virtually no apps on there, but I love playing with it. Whenever I see it, which is often, I pick it up and play with it. There was a time when I would have to ask mommy to turn it on for me whenever the screen went dark, but after watching mommy do it so many times I can now turn it on by myself.

Mommy’s cell phone looks just like a mini tablet and it functions very much like one too. Sometimes it works more like the house phone. The cell phone rings and a voice comes out of it. A few times mommy put it up to my ear and I could hear daddy’s voice! I try doing that on my own from time to time but daddy’s voice is never there when I do it.

Overall I do spend a good deal of time in front of a screen of some sort. Maybe mine really is the Glass Generation. Some people might see this as a problem but in our family our screens are tools like any other. Sometimes we use them to sit back, relax, and waste time. Other times we use them as aids in our daily lives. Would I be better off with no screen time? It’s hard to say.

What we can be sure of is that screens are not going away and there will be a lot more screen time in my future. Technology has revolutionized the way we work, how we have fun, and the means by which we keep in touch with those we care about. As technology infiltrates our lives further it’s sure to become even more of a necessity. I have many things to learn and skills to acquire and I have to make time for those things, but screens are going to be just as much a part of my life and I need to know how to use them too.